In October, the government of Venezuelan President Maduro barred entry to Giammattei, then the president-elect [Orlando Estrada/AFP]

Guatemala‘s new president announced on Thursday that his government was breaking off diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

Two days after his inauguration, President Alejandro Giammattei said he had ordered Guatemala’s foreign secretary to recall the last person remaining in the country’s embassy in Venezuela‘s capital and close the building.

Giammattei’s announcement came after a meeting with the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.

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“It is an issue that concerns the entire continent,” the new president said.

His inauguration was attended by Maria Romero, a representative of Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader recognised as that country’s rightful leader by the United States and

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